COVID-19 has forced learning online, leaving vulnerabilities exposed--but ethical hackers could be an institution's best strategy for secure learning

Using ethical hackers to protect online learning


COVID-19 has forced learning online, leaving vulnerabilities exposed--but ethical hackers could be an institution's best strategy for secure learning

In the wake of COVID-19, colleges and universities across the U.S. have embraced virtual and hybrid learning to combat the spread of the virus and protect students and staff.

Recent research analyzed the reopening models of 3,000 higher-ed institutions and found that only 4 percent are allowing in-person attendance, making learning management systems, or LMS solutions, critically important.

In short, LMS solutions are a comprehensive platform for students to see a list of their courses, interact with their professors, find assignments and link to applications, such as Zoom, to take part in the virtual classroom. However, many cybersecurity professionals, college students, and faculty are asking: are online LMS solutions safe?

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Cybersecurity experts are seeing first-hand how LMS IT teams are working diligently to secure their platforms during these unbelievably challenging times.

The education industry has traditionally been a target for cybercrime. Since the advent of COVID-19 stay-at-home mandates, cybercriminals have ramped up their activity. Most recently, Heartland Community College in Illinois was forced to halt online operations, including classes, as they worked to contain a security breach just a few weeks into the fall semester.